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Andrew Yang has announced his candidacy for mayor of New York

“I moved to New York City 25 years ago. I came of age, fell in love and became a father here. It breaks my heart to see our city so painfully.” He tweeted Wednesday night with a two-minute video.

“We are proud of the future of New York City – we will fight together. Join us at,” he added.

Yang, a 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, There will be a media event to kick off his candidacy in New York City on Thursday morning.

Yang suspended his presidential campaign last February and spent time as a CNN contributor after he left the campaign trail. By the time he finished that campaign, Yang had said he had no plans to run for mayor in New York, where he has lived for nearly 25 years.

According to city records, he joins the field of dozens of mayoral candidates. Competitors are vying to take charge of a city plagued by rising unemployment, rising poverty and hunger, and a budget crisis on the horizon could force the next mayor to make deeper cuts in public works and services.

Little known outside of technical circles before 2020, Yang won the affection of – if not always votes – of Democrats who praised his happy warrior personality in the debate and on the campaign trail. He was backed by supporters branded as “Yang Kang”, who helped raise $ 40 million during his run – including a staggering $ 16.5 million as the race warmed up in the final three months of 2019.

The former technology executive during his presidency pushed the notion of universal base income into the mainstream of political discourse. After leaving the race, He established the humanitarian perspective, A non-profit, he used to animate his campaign to test some of the ideas. In March, he began paying $ 1,000 a month to hundreds of working families in New York. The organization approved under-ballot candidates across the country.

This story has been updated with background information.

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